What a rollercoaster ride...
A brilliant experience and the end of an amazing week for me. A massive THANK YOU to everyone & there have been many people who have been on this journey with me. Last night at the Hawthorns was truly a great night! It all started at the Hawthorns Open-Mic nights last August and very quickly moved forward for me with the support of other musicians and opportunities.
I am really enjoying my music path and performing, recording etc. One of my fans wrote on their page "Off to the single release party of this young gem tonight (the guy is only 16, writes all his own stuff, is self taught guitar player, and his a pretty recognisable voice....) I can only hope he will still know me once he is on the big stage. We met during the floods and now he is heading for a tsunami of fans (yes...screaming girls)" A&P V-P
We streamed live over Facebook which has attracted 100's of views, I like that we had people from around the globe there tonight too. My high light was my final song playing with Ben Kench, my guitar teacher & mentor also Robin Davey who are the musicians on the track also of Safehaus a wonderful collaboration and end to the evening. Safehaus have just come off an Italian tour this week. Our support act Tom Dummer was ill with tonsillitis so Flo Parker kindly stepped in at the last minute. The audience enjoyed the evening and the food was fantastic though I did not have the famous curry this time.
The Video shot & edited by John Willment-Knowles for On A Train was a fun day in London a couple of weeks ago incorporating night scapes from LA & San Diego. The story behind the song is that I met a girl on a train coming home from London at night who end up sitting with us we chatted she was inspiring and very beautiful and asked me to write a song about her. So, when I got home I wrote her the song, sadly she could not be in the video due to logistics.
What's next? focusing on my GCSE's lots of revising, hopefully some studio time for another release early 2017 then either an EP or may be an album
I'm very pleased to announce that I was scouted by Dan Reeks of Tanglewood Guitars UK to be one of their FEATURED ARTIST's. This is an amazing opportunity as I worked hard to save for my Sundance Pro TW47 E Electric Acoustic Guitar from Jaywalk Guitars in Street. This has been my main performance guitar having been pictured with it at Glastonbury Festival, the Godney Gathering and most of my gigs. It also features in my video for my new song On A Train which releases this Friday 18 - 11 - 16
18 - 11 - 16
ON A TRAIN
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So much work goes into this. The devil is in the detail. Who knew how writing a song through to publication was so complex. There are so many things to consider. May I suggest get a budget 1st to see if your ideas fit your wallet! Do get your demo down and then what you want to sound like professionally. I was very lucky having won a competition last year I used the same studio. Still very different recording in a studio. If like me you do not have a band you need more sound than just your guitar. If you do not have mates that can play, you need to either use samples or get some musicians in to play for you. Prepare let them have time to hear your demo and talk to them about the sound you are wanting to achieve, this saves time in the studio also brief the studio to what you want to do and set out a time-line to manage your expectations. It's to easy to think yea well it's all cool we'll rock up and wing it. That can cost time and money. So your good to go, what happens after the recording? Mixing, this gives you the sound you had in your head, you hope. Be clear about what you want so the engineer can interpret your ideas, give them songs you like, drum sounds, loudness sharpness etc. Once your there with that, audio mastering, your levels need to be perfect for distribution, radio, TV and so on. How to distribute your song, no-one specifies a favourite, I've chosen companies that have a UK base. They all offer there special's so call them up and see what fits for you. Promotion, Promotion, Promotion. How are you going to tell people that your music is for sale? Social media is a good start. Launch party mines 18th Nov and I've teamed up with another band in a good local venue. Merchandise well you need to recoup your spending and also getting your brand out there. I've had a lot of help through this process but have learnt about the process and managing expectations vs budget. I do recommend a video this is a great way to show your story with your music, letting the public in to your song. In my first video my mum shot it and I edited it. This next one we have both shot some of the video and my friend Jonty is working with me having been to film school so a trip to see him and shoot some more scenes in London. I hope to be interviewed by a recording artist for my pre my launch video. This is short insite in to recording, artwork, marketing, promotion and budget.
Young chap finding his feet, likes the finer things but on a lemonade budget, for now!